What does winning the 2021 Texas Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?
Winning the 2021 Texas Dream Night Talent Search was a huge deal for me. This was my first time participating in a singing competition, and I went simply for the experience, but God had other plans! I had been going through a lot in my life and in my music career around the time of the competition, so participating in the competition was a huge boost of confidence. I spoke my heart and shared my story through the songs, and it was extremely refreshing to know that others were drawn in and inspired by that.
What inspired you to become a musician?
What inspired me to become a musician was my personal experience with music. I was not born with musical talent. I was a terrible singer. Music miraculously came into my life at 13 years old. The year I turned 13 was a really hard year for me. I was struggling with severe depression and was struggling with multiple health disorders. I was struggling so much that I wanted to end my life. Music saved my life. It’s something God put in my life at that exact moment to keep me alive. Not really knowing who God was at the time, or what a life without darkness was like, music was all I had. I would spend hours, four to five hours, every single day singing. It’s the only thing that kept me going. Eventually I found the meaning of life, as I had an encounter with God a year later, at a church camp through music! That’s where my passion for Christian/worship music began. All through my life I’ve seen what God has done with this gift in my life and in the life of others. He is a God of miracles, and I am reminded of that every time I open my mouth to sing.
What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?
The biggest surprise I’ve encountered in pursuing my music career has been discovering that what people connect to most when it comes to my music is my heart.
What has been your biggest challenge yet?
My biggest challenge to date has been learning how to surrender. It’s common for musicians to be perfectionists, carry the weight of all their success on their shoulders, and want to make all the right moves. But what I’ve noticed is that the more I surrender to God and let Him guide the direction my music goes, the more successful it is. The more I rely on my own efforts and do my own thing, the less successful I am. The challenge is knowing that what you love the most is ultimately safer in God’s hands. Trust and patience are both very important lessons I’ve had to learn.
What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
My process for writing lyrics can be different every time I sit to write. My lyrics can be words I’ve written in a journal or a napkin somewhere, random voice memos, or even just words inspired from a bible verse or a book I read. But what I try to ask myself when I sit to write is, “What do people need to hear right now?” I love to tell stories. I like to share where I’ve been, what God has done, and what God has been doing in my life. There are so many people out there that are going through very similar struggles that I’ve gone through and need to hear the same words that I heard when I was at my worst. Songs are important. People need songs to serve as reminders, anthems, prayers in their heart they can’t quite put into words, or simply something to hold onto. That’s where I get my inspiration from. From my experiences, from people, and from everything that’s happening around me.
Tell us about your most memorable performances.
A really cool experience I had once was the night I was awarded a music scholarship my senior year of high school. I was at a Music Fest with my school choir on a college campus and I was praying about what college to go to and what I should study. During this event, last minute, I was invited to sing at a music presentation the college was preparing for the students. During this time I had a sore throat and was already having a hard time keeping up with all the choir rehearsals. But I agreed to participate and do the best I could. The night of the performance came and it was my turn to walk up stage. The pianist began to play and as I began to sing the mics went crazy and blew out. We were in a large church and no one could hear a word I was singing, I quickly prayed in my head and projected my voice as best as I could. What happened next was insane. The mics never came on, but my voice began to sound as loud as if I had a working mic. You could hear my voice all the way to the back of the room. Eventually I put down the mic and just continued singing the song on my own. At the end of my performance when I came down, the person in charge of the vocal studies in the music department at the college came up to me and offered me a huge scholarship that covered the majority of my school tuition bill. That was a clear indication and confirmation for me that music is what God had in mind for my future. Fun fact, the song I sang that night is the same song I won with, four years later, at the 2021 Texas Dream Night Talent Search Competition!
Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?
I am still a small artist, so I haven’t shared the stage with any big names just yet, but I was an opening act at a concert for a small Christian artist called Scott Michael Bennett. I have also sung back up with a choir for Steve Green at one of his concerts.
Anything else you want to share?
This gift of music was given to me with a purpose. God changed my life through this gift, and now it’s my turn to share that gift with others. My hope is that as you listen to my music and my story, you will be encouraged, inspired, and find a little bit of healing in this broken world.
You can find Jenny at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/jennycova.